Bleacher Report Sees Shakeup As CEO Howard Mittman Departs

    • Daniels is assuming business control of Bleacher Report from CEO Howard Mittman, who's leaving the company
    • Under new interim management structure, Turner doesn't currently plan to replace Mittman as CEO

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Bleacher Report CEO Howard Mittman is leaving the company, according to sources.

Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels is taking over business control of Bleacher Report, and there are no current plans to replace Mittman as CEO. 

Under the new interim management structure, Bleacher Report COO Alex Vargas and CMO Ed Romaine will directly report to Tina Shah, Turner’s senior vice president of business affairs. Shah and B/R Chief Content Officer Sam Toles will report to Daniels. On the revenue side, Bleacher Report CRO Stephanie Rapp will report to Turner Sports CFO Ade Patton.

Other reporting lines under the interim structure won’t change. Tara August, senior vice president of talent services and special projects, will continue to lead talent operations for both Turner Sports and Bleacher Report, while Chris Brown will continue to serve as vice president of production and technical operations for both companies.

Turner bought Bleacher Report for $175 million in 2012. The digital sports publisher has been one of Turner’s bright spots since, attracting a younger, more tech-savvy audience.

Mittman joined Bleacher Report as chief revenue officer and chief marketing officer in 2017. He was promoted to CEO in February 2019, succeeding founder Dave Finocchio. He had previously been a senior executive for a variety of Condé Nast publications such as GQ, Golf Digest, and the Wired Media Group.

After joining the company, Mittman helped launch the B/R Gridiron brand and expanded the company’s push into e-commerce and event marketing. 

Turner Sports declined to comment. Bleacher Report reps could not be reached.

Outkick was the first to report that Mittman was leaving the company.